More than 2,000 nurses at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, backed by the California Nurses Association, are suing the hospital for allegedly violating state wage and hour laws. Cedars-Sinai paid $1.2 million in back wages to nurses and other employees after the state's Department of Labor Standards and Enforcement in 2003 found that hospital supervisors had illegally altered time cards. According to the nurses' class-action lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, 778-bed Cedars-Sinai continues to "chronically" fail to pay certain overtime wages and withholds pay for missed meal and rest breaks. Cedars-Sinai nurses voted in 2002 to join the state nurses association. Two years later, the National Labor Relations Board blocked the unionization effort at the hospital's request. -- by Laura B. Benko
Nurses sue Cedars-Sinai, alleging pay withheld
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